I have been performing as "Windmills" for the past 5 years.
In that time I have released two full-length albums, one EP, toured across Canada multiple times, received grants between $1,500-$10,000 for my recordings and music videos, have 20,000 monthly listeners on Spotify with over 700,000 streams on my music, received radio play both domestic and internationally, and have had my hand in every facet of the industry.
If I can pass on any information, be it creating a social media presence to launching a successful marketing campaign or album release, I will. The music industry is labyrinthian at times and can seem impossible to navigate. I would love to answer any and all questions you may have, across the board, about being a musician, finding success, setting goals and reaching them, and to always "keep moving".
Filmed on the coldest Monday in 2014, I had the idea to film myself in a room full of lamps and see what happened.
The goal behind this video was to create a standalone and memorable video I could later use for festival applications, grant applications, and more specifically, my application for the 2015 PEAK Performance Project.
Ultimately my goal was a success, out of 400 bands that applied for the PEAK in 2015, I was one of 12 that were chosen to experience this career changing artist development program.
There are so many important aspects to being a musician, but the one that sits right up at the top is: live performance.
This is how you gain those lasting impressions with your fans, how you turn an online "like" into a real fan, your best point of sale with your audience, and the opportunity to take your songs across the country. I've made an effort to play as many shows as possible in the last 5 years, and as many different and unique shows as possible as well. From house concerts, to art parties, dingy bar shows, private events, music festivals across Canada, and showcases, there should be no end to your hunger to play your music live.
Photos from left to right: Performing at Shambhala 2015; the Barfly in Montreal, Taste of Edmonton 2013
Directed by Brandon William Fletcher
Produced by Brandon William Fletcher & Cory Myraas
Shame was funded ($10,000) but TELUS and Storyhive.
Out of all the bands that applied across BC and Alberta, Storyhive selected 10 bands from each province to award a $10,000 music video grant. This was the project we created.
Filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.